The Southeastern Chorale is a highly selective premiere choral ensemble made up of 24-32 singers. Repertoire is of the highest standard and encompasses all eras and genres. In addition to performing several major concerts on campus throughout the year, regular tours are scheduled to showcase this talented group of singers. Membership through audition only.
The Southeastern Chorale, under the direction of Stacy Weger, continues to bring recognition and singing excellence to Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Texoma Region.
In June 2009 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Southeastern Chorale joined Vanderbilt University in the world-premiere of composer David N. Childs’ “Requiem“. Two to three other notable university choral programs from across the nation joined this endeavor to complete the required numbers for performance. The invitation spring from the professional connection of Stacy Weger to David Childs, and from the Chorale’s reputation for excellence. David Childs also commissioned a choral piece to honor the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Centennial.
In 2008 the Southeastern Chorale became just the third choir in the nation to host Grammy nominated choral conductor Craig Hella Johnson in residency. The other two schools were St. Olaf College in Minnesota and Westminster Choir College in New Jersey, two of the premiere choral training institutions in the nation. Performing with Craig and Grammy winning singer Cynthia Clawson, the Chorale created a unique choral collage concert.
In 2007 the Southeastern Chorale was the only Oklahoma choir invited to perform as a part of the National Endowment of the Arts Choral Symposium, “Crossing the Divide: Exploring Influence and Finding Our Voice – an American Masterpiece Festival“, in Austin, TX. They were joined at this event by the University of Texas, Texas Tech University, Texas State University, and the Grammy nominated professional choir, Conspirare. The Chorale was the only one of these groups asked to join Conspirare in their individual concert.
In 2007 the Southeastern Chorale performed at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association annual convention as an invited guest performer. After performing, the Chorale was asked to perform an encore the next evening, the first time this has occurred in the association’s history.
The Chorale has afforded the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most noted choral ensembles and conductors, having been featured in master classes and clinics with Anonymous Four, Quink, Chanticleer, and Conspirare and/or their conductors.
In 2010 Southeastern Chorale was been honored once again through an invitation to be a featured performer at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Annual Conference. This is the highest honor afforded a college ensemble in the state, and marks the second time in the past four years that the Southeastern Chorale has been selected. The Chorale performed at this event on January 22nd at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, OK.
The ensemble has at its core a mission to advance and support choral music in the region, while striving to maintain a tradition of singing excellence. In support of this goal, the Southeastern Chorale tours annually into area schools, having performed in nearly 75 schools in Oklahoma and Texas in the past seven years in support of music education. The Chorale members annually serve as hosts for regional choral contests and festivals, perform for campus functions such as Freshman Convocation, Homecoming, Sneak Preview, and Graduation. They have taken on financial responsibility for the realization of many of these efforts through fundraising. The Southeastern Chorale has successfully raised over $30,000.00 the past four years to put toward educational and artistic endeavors.